Dhaka Division fast bowler Shahadat Hossain was withdrawn midway through a National Cricket League game on Sunday against Khulna Division, effectively leaving the team with just ten players, after an incident of physical assault on the field.
The temperamental 33-year-old fast bowler, who has featured in 38 Tests, 51 ODIs and six T20Is, is alleged to have hit team-mate Arafat Sunny, apparently following an argument about shining the ball. Those who saw the incident said it needed the Dhaka players’ intervention to restrain Shahadat.
Shahadat’s actions in Khulna amounted to a Level 4 offence, which now leaves him with the possibility of a one-year ban from all forms of cricket in Bangladesh as well as a fine of BDT 50,000 (US$ 592 approx.). The NCL technical committee will meet on Tuesday to decide on the quantum of punishment.
The disciplinary breach is yet another blot on Shahadat’s career, which hit a dead end of sorts since he was arrested in 2015 for beating up his domestic help, which led to a temporary suspension. He hasn’t featured for Bangladesh since.